A 17-year-old high school student is accused of making a bomb threat against Kodiak High School that caused officials to evacuate students Tuesday morning while police searched the buildings.
Assistant Superintendent Ron Fried (freed) was in the outside parking lot during the evacuation. He said these types of threats are rare.
— bombscare 1 :09 "We haven’t had … doesn’t happen again."
City police report that officers were notified by the school shortly before 9 a.m. District staff evacuated about 700 students from the high school to the nearby middle school.
Police Chief T.C. Kamai says investigators were able to trace the threat’s origin to a computer on campus.
— bombscare 2 :11 "Working with the … school district itself."
Preliminary evidence points to a 17 year old student. Kamai says the boy may be charged with second-degree terroristic threatening, a felony.
— bombscare3 :14 "It’s basically making a … ‘Terroristic Threatening’."
The public was notified of the situation at 9:37 a.m through a press release that went out by email and text messages. Parents were asked to stay off campus while city police and state troopers scoured the campus. Fried says he could understand people’s concern through the ordeal.
— bombscare 4 :07 "It can be stressful … kids in the community."
Police declared the threat unfounded at 11:30 a.m. and students returned to class. Kamai said the threat itself was not directed toward any individual.
— bombscare 5 :12 "It gave no detailed information … it was very vague."
If convicted of terroristic threatening, the juvenile faces up to $50,000 in fines and up to five years imprisonment, according to state statute. But the boy has yet to be charged.
— bombscare 6 :11 "The investigators … no arrest was made."
The neighboring Kodiak Island Borough offices were also closed during the morning lockdown.